Sunday, October 30, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #47

Happy Halloween!

For this week’s party, I’ve gathered a few amazing Halloween ideas from Amaze Me Monday #26 to help add a little fun to your festivities! 

Wishing everyone a fun yet safe Halloween night.



Caught Red Handed shared by Sugar & Spice in the Land of Balls & Sticks

Teeny Tiny Witches' Hat shared by Sweet Little Smoothie


Pumpkin Butter Mini Pancakes shared by A Mom not a Professional

Candy Corn Cones shared by Simply Designing

Skeleton Décor shared by All That Glitters

Water Art Canvases for Kids shared by the Life of Jennifer Dawn

Amaze Me Monday Blog Party Link Up

Dittle Dattle

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Phase 1- Teen Lounge

Good Morning good looking!  Yes… I’m talking to you!!

Oh, what a beautiful morning it is!  It’s going to be the high of 80 today and I hope to get outside to enjoy every bit of it while I can, because tomorrow it’s only going to get to a high of 52! 

Yes, I believe I mentioned before the crazy weather here in the Carolina’s BUT I love it and wouldn’t want to call any other place on earth home!!!


What have I been up to lately??

Well, months and months ago (like way back in April) I mentioned that I wanted to create a “Teen Lounge” area for my kiddos.     As my kids have gotten older the friends have become CO-ED and this mama is not wild and crazy about them hanging out in their bedrooms! 

Yes, I may be old but I was teen once too…..  I’m down.  I got the 411.  No one is getting jiggy in my house I don’t care how dope my pad is!!          (my teen’s are rolling their eyeballs at me right now.  ha ha)

Anyways,  I got a bit distracted by my foyer, but my daughter has gotten me back on track.  


I have been collecting ideas for months (click to see just some of the inspiration in my Pinterest folder). 

I spent a great deal of time looking for inspiration for making a daybed for this room using the twin mattress that I already had.  The problem is…. this room is small!  A daybed would take up a lot floor space in this room.    I was stuck and had a total mental block for what I wanted to do.  That is until my son and I spotted a brand NEW (with tags still attached) matching sofa and loveseat that just came in at the local flea market! 

It was hard to tell the color of the sofas under the florescent lighting.  I didn’t buy them that day, however,  I went back the next day (in search of something else) when curiosity got the better of me and asked for the going price.  I was shocked at the low low low price tag!!!   Of course, I had to forward a photo to all the kiddos and get the thumbs up before bring them home.

I still can’t tell what color it is.  In different light it sometimes looks gray, a little grayish-aqua-blue, or even a grayish-green color.  



I created a pair of side-tables using pallets left behind from our new roof.    I used this photo below, found on Pinterest, as inspiration.

pallet side table

The side-table in the inspiration image is just two apple crates stacked onto top of one another.


I didn’t have a lot of space to work with so it was a great solution to customize my own side-tables.


For the top I used different widths, shortened the space between boards, and added a small ledge.


I really love the mix of styles between the rustic side-table and the modern mercury glass lamp (purchased from TJ Maxx)!!

My son is not a huge fan of my creation.  I have been thinking about adding some cool stenciling to the sides and my Dad had a great idea of staining them a light weathered gray!

Stay tune…. I might not be done with these Crate Side-Tables.


Here’s a quick over view at where I am now with this room.

The draperies are custom store bought.  Because of the high ceilings, I can not use draperies straight from the store AS IS.   I bought a few cream panels for each side of the window and sewed them together down the length.  Then I removed the hem off each cream panel and added the extra length needed from another curtain panel in brown. 

This wasn’t the look I wanted.  I wanted to have cream draperies from floor to ceiling, but my son happened to be with me and said that he loved his curtains so much that he wanted to do the same in this room. 

OH, and the Pier 1 knock-off clock was from a few months back.  Click here.


There is still a lot on the T0-Do list for this room but it’s coming together nicely. 

Thanks for stopping by today,


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tick-Tock, It’s all about Clocks!

It’s the first ever Dittle Dattle guest post! 

Jenn, a writer for Arcadian Lighting,  has kindly offered to share her knowledge about decorating with clocks!  I am so delighted to have her stop by. 

Hi everyone!

I'm Jenn and I'm a writer for Arcadian Lighting, an e-commerce website that specializes in the top lighting fixture trends from across the globe. I just purchased my first house and thank my lucky stars that I've been writing about home decor for so many years - there's so much to know! I also thank my lucky stars that I have inspiring websites like Dittle Dattle - Carrie's posts are always beautiful and lots of fun. Thanks for letting me guest post here today Carrie! One of the most overlooked decor elements is the trusty clock - today there are countless styles and sizes to choose from, and not only can they up the style factor of a room but they're also functional. Hung near a staircase, in a kitchen, or added to a home office, and then paired with a great light fixture, decorating with clocks is a straightforward way to add character to any space.

A Welcomed Detail

An entryway always looks great with a traditional wood clock that matches the furniture - this model is simple yet refined.

Outdoor Beauty

While many people wouldn't think to put a clock outside, this oversized antique clock looks particularly pretty propped over an exterior setup.

Pretty in Pink and Chandeliers

It could be said that this entire kitchen was designed around the playful pink cupcake wall clock seen here - all of the other accessories, from the to the linens, match in pretty pink.

Old and New Chandeliers

This shabby chic sitting area has clean, crisp furniture and an oversized dated clock, creating the perfect juxtaposition of old and new.

Traditional Elegance Lamps

A fireplace is always a classic fixture in a sophisticated living room, and adorned with traditional accoutrements such as a clock and artwork, it emanates timeless elegance.

A Contemporary Twist Table Lamps

This mod take on a clock incorporates geometric shapes and lines and instantly updates this transitional space, which also features a shapely table lamp and a rich mixture of colours.

Work Time

A home office is infused with style and practicality with this flower-shaped clock - it matches the built-in custom cabinetry to create a seamless look.

A Look Back

This massive antique clock helps tie the dated look of this themed space together, from the one-of-a-kind lighting fixture to the rustic table and textured walls. I hope this guest post paid good homage to the trusty old analog clock. If you liked this guest post, feel free to drop by Arcadian Lighting Blog for more inspiration for your home. We'd love to see you there!

Image Credits: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8


Wow!  Thanks Jenn.  You provided so many wonderful and inspiring photographs.   I am crazy about the clock in this last photograph, as well as, the clock in the outdoor setting.  They remind me of the Pier 1 Grandiose Wall Clock Knock-off that I did a few months back.   With clock this large you will never have to worry about finding your glasses to tell the time.    ha ha

Oh and what about that flower-shaped clock?!?!  That could totally be a DIY project! 

Well, this was fun.  I should have guest over more often.  Anyone interested in being a guest on Dittle Dattle?



Arcadian Lighting is the best source for lighting fixtures and accessories at discount prices. Arcadian Lighting has been in the lighting industry for over 15 years selling decorative home lighting fixtures and lamps online, and has become one of the top Internet retailers for home lighting products.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #46

Hello You Par-Tay people!!!!

Thank you so much for coming here week after week and sharing your wonderful creations!   I love see all you wonderful creations, fabulous finds, and AMAZING recipes!!! 

You ladies are so inspiring!

I am happy to report that I am finally making some progress on our “Teen Lounge” that I first mentioned WAY WAY WAY back in April!  Okay, so I got a little side tracked with the foyer, but don’t think for a moment that my kiddos let me forget that I promised to create a room just for them to hang out in.    The room is coming together pretty quickly (for me, that is)!!!

I will be sharing a few projects from the “Teen Lounge”  this week. 

Have a great week,


“Batty” Napkin Ring tutorial shared by Uncommon Design Online

Potter Barn Inspired Buffet Lamps shared by My Covered Bridge

Redesigning Using Parts shared by Villabarnes

Ruffled Felt Garland shared by Sweet Little Smoothie

Ballard Designs Inspired Spool Side Table shared by Cafted Niche

Salted Caramel Sweet Square shared by A Mom Not a Pro

Halloween Countdown Block Calendar shared by Crafty Lady Lindsay


Amaze Me Monday Blog Party Link Up

Dittle Dattle

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Powder Room

Here are few snap shots of our powder room with a few touches of fall.


Carrying on with the “POP” of orange.

The wall color is all hand painted without a stencil!

Crazy I know.  One winter day I woke up and thought it would be fun to spend NOT hours but DAYS hand painting a diamond pattern all over the walls.  In my mind I was sure it would only take the better part of the morning.  Psssh…. 

I have wanted to repaint this bathroom for some time now.

Maybe I will repaint on the first cold winter day.


This cute little sconce came from Michael’s. 


Super cheap décor….  Dollar Store fall leaves and raffia!


I hope you enjoyed this tiny tour of our powder room. 

Have a great day,


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Giving Thanks

A few days ago, I opened up the mailbox at around 8pm and pulled out this package.  The minute I saw the name I knew exactly who it was from.  {Sorry Gloria,  for ruining the surprise but you are the only Gloria that I know}  

Inside were the most lovely homemade Christmas cards from Gloria of  The Last of Nine!

Here they are:


Beautiful aren’t they?

Didn’t see do a fabulous good creating them?


Gloria thought of everything….. She even included coordinating envelopes and a cute little carrying case!!!   

Thank you so much, Gloria!

What a great way to end a long busy day to have a little surprise waiting in your mailbox!!  She definitely put a “smile” on my face.  I love to receive homemade gifts.  Don’t you?


Another special person that I would like to thank is  Martina from Northern Nesting for giving me the chance to win her recent giveaway from

Thank you, Martina,  I look forward to my new sign.



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